Journal Article — My Life’s Tapestry: Casting Theoretical Lights on the Social Threads That Tie Me — by Down D. M. Rafferty




I view my life as a large and ever changing tapestry. I am cut from a bolt of very strong, durable, and coarse working class material. Being born female certainly factored into the pattern of this design. However, woven deeply in my foundation are also threads of limitation resulting from the classist and sexist attitudes that still persist in today’s society. Socio-economic class and gender roles constitute the two most influencing social stratifications that have shaped the outlines of my life. Reviewing personal experiences in light of the classical, contemporary, and postmodernist theories in sociology will hopefully reveal new hues and textures in the ever changing tapestry that is my life.

Recommended Citation

Rafferty, Down D. M. 2003/2004. “My Life’s Tapestry: Casting Theoretical Lights on the Social Threads That Tie Me.” Pp. 41-47 in Students’ Critical Theories in Applied Settings (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume II, Issue 2,  2003/2004). Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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